Advocate, Inspire & Connect – Women & Boards
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Oxford Industries, Inc.. (NYSE:OXM) announced that Virginia Hepner, President and CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center was elected to the Company’s Board of Directors. Congratulations to Virginia who is OnBoard’s 2015 Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans award recipient. The award is given annually to an outstanding woman board member who serves on a Georgia company board or is a Georgia resident serving on other for-profit boards.
Aspen Aerogels, Inc. (NYSE:ASPN) announced that Rebecca Blalock, partner at Advisory Capital LLC, former Senior Vice President and CIO of Southern Company, joined the Company’s Board of Directors effective June 15, 2016. Congratulations to our OnBoard member and Advocate Becky!
One of the initiatives of OnBoard is to assist companies looking to fill corporate board seats by identifying qualified women candidates. In total, OnBoard has performed 64 of these searches to increase the number of women on corporate boards. A recent search was for Aspen Aerogels, Inc. as mentioned above. If you are an OnBoard Advocate or member you should be seeing these opportunities via email.
Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:PDM) announced that Kelly H. Barrett, Vice-President of Internal Audit and Corporate Compliance for The Home Depot, joined the Company’s Board of Directors effective March 1, 2016. DHL Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: DHLC) elected Frances M. Murphy, M.D., M.P.H., to its Board of Directors. Dr. Murphy currently serves as president and CEO of Sigma Health Consulting, LLC,
OnBoard assists companies looking to fill corporate board seats by identifying qualified women candidates from OnBoard’s network of members and advocates. Certain opportunities arise through OnBoard’s relationships with board members and executives, while others arise through OnBoard’s nationwide network of sister organizations in ION (InterOrganization Network). Since early 2015, OnBoard has performed 12 of these searches to increase the number of women on corporate boards. One of the most recent searches includes two OnBoard members on the short list.
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLKI), the franchisor and operator of Popeyes® restaurants, appointed Lizanne Thomas to its Board of Directors. Ms. Thomas is a seasoned lawyer, corporate governance expert and business leader who currently serves as Partner-In-Charge of the Southern U.S. Region of Jones Day, one of the world’s largest international law firms.
At the annual dinner, Virginia A. Hepner, President and CEO, Woodruff Arts Center and Director, State Bank Financial Corporation was honored as OnBoard’s 2015 Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans recipient. Fellow director Kelly Barrett, Vice President Internal Audit and Corporate Compliance at The Home Depot said of Virginia, “If I had to emulate one board of director be it female or male that I have seen, it would be Virginia Hepner. She understands the most important role of a board member is to always represent the shareholders, but executes her responsibilities in the most collaborative way in how she works with management.” More Info
OnBoard recognized 10 Georgia public companies with a “Critical Mass” of women on the board. According to a study done by Wellesley College, when a board has 3 or more women comprising 25% or more of the board, the dynamics of board diversity changes. In 2012 there was one Georgia company in this category, Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. In 2015 there are ten: Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., EarthLink Holdings Corp., Gray Television, Inc., Halyard Health, Inc., Primerica, Inc., State Bank Financial Corporation, The Coca-Cola Company, The Home Depot, Inc., Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. and United Parcel Services, Inc. In additional there are three more companies within reach of the 3 and 25% category: AGL Resources Inc., Genuine Parts Company, and The Southern Company. Reference: Conrad, A.M., V.W. Kranme and S. Erkut: 2008 ‘Critical Mass: The Impact of Three of More Women on Corporate Boards‘, Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Ann-Marie Campbell, President — Southern Division for The Home Depot® has been elected to the Barnes & Noble, Inc. (BKS:NYSE) board of directors. We celebrate with Ann-Marie who is active with OnBoard in several ways: as a member, a 2012 Executive Leadership Honor Role recipient, a member of the Advocates List, and a past participant in the OnBoard Board Development Program.
The Home Depot®(HD:NYSE), the world’s largest home improvement retailer, announced the appointment of Linda R. Gooden to the company’s board of directors. Ms. Gooden is retired from Lockheed Martin Corporation where she was Executive Vice President, Information Systems & Global Solutions.
Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL:NYSE) elected Kathy N. Waller to the Board of Directors. Ms. Waller is the Chief Financial Officer of The Coca-Cola Company. She also serves on the boards of Monster Beverage Corp. (MNST:NASDAQ) and Coca-Cola FEMSA.